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Military Breeches and Overalls with Henry Cooke
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 9:00 AM – Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT
Breeches were the principal legwear of the 18th century for men both in everyday life and military. During the French & Indian War and American Revolution they were made short-waisted, extending to just below the knee, cut full in the seat, and close in the legs, with a fall front closure style succeeding the earlier fly front style.
Overalls on the other hand were principally a military garment, incorporating the features of breeches and gaiters, causing them to be referred to in some texts as ‘gaitered trousers’. The tops were cut like breeches, while the legs were closely fitted from the thighs down over the ankles to the shoe tops. To achieve the fit on the loser leg, there was a side closure with a flap and four to six buttons and buttonholes, a semicircular flap over the shoe tongue, and an instep strap to hold the bottom of the leg snug against the shoe.
An important part of any late 18th century living history impression for men, both breeches and overalls can be daunting garments to reproduce and need to be fitted to the individual. Participants in this 2-day workshop will learn how to adjust commercial patterns or draft their own then apply period construction techniques to be well on their way to a completed garment by the end of the weekend with hands-on instruction from expert tailor Henry Cooke of Historic Costume Services.
Price of workshop includes the class, pattern, written instructions and refreshments only; participants will provide their own fabric and buttons. A recommended vendor list will be sent out along with directions, suggested lodging, etc. to registered students after the class fills. Participants can bring a "helper" if they are working on the same garment.